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    January 24, 2010
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the next senator from the state of illinois, barack obama! [ applause ] the tonight is a particular honor for me because let's face it, my presence on this stage is pretty unlikely. i believe that we have a right to wind at our back and that as we stand on the cross roads of history this country will reclaim its promise and out of this long political darkness a brighter day will come. thank you very much everybody. god bless you. >> in case you might have been wondering why it is that state senator barack obama of illinois is considered a very promising young figure in the democratic party, i think this speech has probably told you very clearly why.
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that is our purpose here today. that is why i'm in this race. not just to hold an office but to gather with you, to transform a nation. we will restore science to its rightful place and wield technologies wonders to raise healthcare quality and lower its cost. we will harness the sun and winds and soil to fuel our cars and run our factories and transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. all this we can do. all this we will do. barack obama rocketed from the illinois state legislature to the white house in less than five years and made history as
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the first african american in the oval office. along the way he promised hope and change and took frequent aim at then president george w. bush. candidate obama pledged to do things differently, to fundamentally transform america. our economy, our healthcare system. our partisan political ways. it has been a year since barack obama took the oath of office. sometimes his decisions as president have contradicted his promises as candidate. he even appears to be continuing some policies he once called mistakes. in many area, however, he has made more than good on his promise to change. fundamentally change our country. for some, obama is exactly the president he said he would be. for others, he is not. for voters, it often depends on what they thought they heard. tonight, a unique hour, the story of barack obama's campaign and first year in office in a way it hasn't been
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told before. in his own words. we begin with one of the biggest promises candidate obama made. to repair america's image around the world. so has president obama restored the united states prestige for damaged it with apologies? listen. >> i will restore our moral standing so that america is, once again, that last best hope for all who are called to the cause of freedom. >> president obama embarks on his first european swing, a trip largely focusing on the languishing global economy. >> if you look at the sources of this crisis, the united states certainly has some accounting to do with respect to a regulatory system that was inadequate because of massive changes that have taken place in the global financial system.
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>> after already apologizing for setting the global recession at least partially in motion the president also apologized for america looking down on europe. >> in america, there is a failure to appreciate europe's leading role in the world. instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, this have been times where america has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive. >> can i ask you whether you sub vibe as many of your predecessors have to the school of american exceptionism that sees america as uniquely qualified to lead the world? >> i believe in american exceptionalism just as i believe the brits believe in british exceptionalism and the greeks believe in greek exceptionalism. >> i know that the trusts that
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bind the united states and turkey have been strained and i know that strain is shared in many places where the muslim faith is practiced. let me say this as clearly as i can. the united states is not and will never be at war with islam. >> it does appear that the president actually bowed to king abdullah. >> did he bow or didn't he? >> no. >> i know the promises have gone unfulfilled in the past and the trust has to be earned over time. while the united states has done much to promote peace and prosperity in the hemisphere we have at times been disengaged and at times we sought to dictate our terms. but i pledge to you that we seek an equal partnership. >> now, you had this friendly interaction with mr. chavez.
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are you concerned at all how this might be perceived back in the u.s. as perhaps being too soft? >> wed that debate throughout the campaign. the whole notion was that somehow if we showed courtesy or opened up dialogue with governments that had previously been hostile to us that that somehow would be a sign of weakness. the american people didn't buy it. and there is a good reason the american people didn't buy it, because it doesn't make sense. >> 9/11 was an enormous trauma to our country. the fear and anger that it provoked was understandable. but in some cases it led us to act contrary to our traditions and our ideas. we are taking concrete actions to change courses. >> the president of the united states bowing to the emperor of japan to his trip to asia. what do you make of bow gate?
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>> i don't know why president obama thought it was appropriate. many he thought it would play well in japan but it is not appropriate for the president to bow to him. >> did barack obama, the president bowed, i think he learned his lesson. >> the first sitting u.s. president in 90 years to win a nobel peace prize talked about war. >> the united states of america has helped underwrite global security can th with the bloodf our citizens and the strength of our arms bret coming
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>> bret: when this it came to the economy, candidate barack obama sounded to some voters like a sensible tax cutting
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moderate who would control spending and calm the panic on wall street. others heard a more radical politician, eager to redistribute wealth and extend government control over the private sector. again, president obama in his own words. >> only government can break the cycle that are crippling our economy where is lack ever spending led leads to less job. >> bret: president obama was back on the stump today, not looking for votes but for support for his economic stimulus package. >> vice president biden said the following thing about a conversation the two of you had in the oval office. if we do everything right there is still a 30% chance we are going to get it wrong. can you tell the american people what you were talking about and if not, can you reassure them it wasn't the
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stimulus bill or the bank rescue plan? >> i don't remember exactly what joe was referring to, not surprisingly. economists across the spectrum have warned if we don't act immediately then millions more jobs will disappear, the national unemployment rates will approach double digits. >> president obama is about to fly to the mile high city to sign the stimulus bill into law. 787 billion tax toll larentas going to work for a flat lined economy with the flick of a pen. >> the american recovery and reinvestment act is the most sweeping economic recovery package in our history. >> the obama economic team said in january the stimulus would keep unemployment below 8% and joblessness would peak in september. unemployment is already nearly 9.5% and destined to head higher. >> lower job rate loss is not our goal.
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less bad. less bad is not how we are going to measure success. >> although we lost fewer jobs than we did last month, our unemployment rate climbed to over 10%. a sobering number that underscores the economic challenges that lie ahead. >> we can safely say that we are no longer facing the potential collapse of our financial system and we have avoided the depression many feared. our economy is growing for the first time in a year. >> the feds say the country lost 85,000 jobs last month. the unemployment rate holding steady at 10%. >> the jobs numbers that were released by the labor department this morning are reminder that the road to recovery is never straight. in november, we saw the first gain in jobs in nearly two years. last month, however, we slipped back, losing more jobs than we gained throw the overall trend of job loss is still pointing in the right direction. i believe that america's free market has been the engine of america's great progress.
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but i also know that in this country our grand experiment has omaha bank worked because we have guided the -- only worked because we guided the markets and dismal hand with a principle. we are all in this together. >> president-elect obama is now formally asking president bush to request the second half of the original $700 billion bailout. >> moving forward, anybody, any bank, for example, that is receiving capital from the taxpayers is going to have to have strict conditions in terms of how it pays out its executives, how it pays out dividends, how it is reporting its practices. gm is announcing that rick wagoner is stepping aside as ceo. we will offer general motors adequate working capital during the next 60 days and we will be working closely to gm to produce a better business plan. i don't want to run auto companies.
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i don't want to run banks. i have two wars i have to run already. i have more than enough to do. >> the free market for worker compensation got a little less free today. that is one way of looking at the appointment of an administration official being called the pay cza r. >> we believe in success but it does offend our values when executives of big financial firms that are struggling pay themselves huge bonuses even as they continue to rely on taxpayer assistance to stay afloat. >> george bush's policies have taken us from a projected $5.6 trillion surplus at the end of the clinton administration to massive deficits and nearly $4 trillion in new debt today. we were promised a fiscal conservative. instead, we got the most fiscally irresponsible administration in history. >> as president, as a result of
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whatever financial rescue plan comes about and the billion, 7 h hundred billion dollars, whatever it is going to cost, what are you going to have to give up? >> there are a range of things that are probably going to have to be delayed. there are some things that i think have to be done. we have to have energy independence. we have to fix our healthcare system. we have to make sure that we are competing in education. we have to invest in science and technology and make sure that college is affordable for every young person in america. we have to rebuild the infrastructure. making sure that we have a new electricity grid to get the alternative energy to population centers using it. >> 263 to 171, the house of representatives passed a financial bailout bill. and get this, before the ink got dry congress rushed the bill 16 blocks away to the president so that he could sign it into law. >> you never want a serious crisis to go to waste.
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what i mean is it is an opportunity to do things you could not do before. >> why are we spending $800 billion when we have this huge deficit. first of all, i found this deficit when i showed up. >> if all we are doing is spending and we are not make things then over time other countries are going to get tired of lending us money and eventually the party is going to be over. well, in fact, the party now is over. >> and yesterday, i held a fiscal summit where i pledged to cut the deficit in half by the end of my first term in office but a this does not mean we can afford to avoid our long-term challenge is. even as it cuts back on programs we don't need the budget i submit will invest in the three areas that are absolutely critical to our economic future, energy, healthcare and education. >> under your budget, the debt will increase $7 trillion over the next ten years, the congressional budget office
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says $9.3 trillion and today on capitol hill some republicans called your budget with all the spending on healthcare, education and environment the most irresponsible budget in american history. >> some of those republican critics have a short memory because as i recall, i'm inheriting a $1.3 trillion deficit, annual deficit from them. >> when my administration walked through the door the country faced a growing economic downturn as well as a deepening fiscal hole. washington had passed massive tax cuts for the wealthy and an expensive new entitlement program without paying for any of it and we had to make the difficult decision to add to the deficit in the short-term to prevent the potential collapse of our economy. but as i have said in the long run we can't continue to spend as if deficits don't have consequences, as if waste doesn't matter, as if the hard earned tax dollars of the american people can be treated
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>> bret: welcome back. barack obama's star rose in the shadow of 9/11 when many top democrats supported president bush's tough measures in the war on terror, obama was an early voice in opposition. once president obama took office, would his rhetoric match up to reality? we will lead in our observance of human rights and rule of law and civil rights and due process which is why i
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will close guantanamo and i will restore habeus corpus and say no to torture. >> al-qaeda terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on america and he is worried that someone won't read them their rights. >> don't mock the constitution. don't make fun of it. don't suggest that it's unamerican to abide by what the founding fathers set up. it's worked pretty well for over 200 years. >> guantanamo will be closed no later than one year from now. we believe that we can abide by a rule that says we don't torture but that we can still effectively obtain the intelligence that we need. >> bret: homeland security
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secretary janet napolitano tells the german news site online while she presumes there is always a threat of terrorism i refer to man caused disasters. we want to move away from the fear. >> not only prodebted the nation but saved leaves. could you in vision yourself ever authorizing the use of those enhanced interrogation techniques. >> i will do whatever is required to keep the american people safe but i am absolutely convinced that the best way i can do that is to make sure that we are not taking shortcuts that undermine who we are. >> we are learning more about the man now believed to be at least partially responsible for a shooting that left at least 12 people dead and 31 wounded at the massive army post in
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texas. fox news has now confirmed his name is major malik nadal hassan. >> i met with fbi director mueller and the relative agencies to discuss their ongoing investigation into what caused one individual to turn his gun on fellow servicemen and women. we don't know all the answers yet and i would caution against jumping to conclusions until we have all the facts. >> catherine herridge has the latest information about the relationship between major nadal malik hassan and a cleric. >> major hasan began e-mailing him at the beginning of last year. >> no faith justifies these murderous acts. no just and loving god looks upon them with favor. we know that the killer will be met with justice in this world and the next. >> attorney general eric holder expected to announce a major
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decision regarding ten of the high profile guantanamo bay detainees. among them, the self-proclaimed 9/11 mastermind, khalid shaikh muhammad. >> the department of justice will pursue prosecution in federal court of the five individuals accused of conspiring to commit the 9/11 attacks. >> how much will you miss the deadline to close guantanamo by the expiration of an executive order and how disappointed are you in that? >> i'm not disappointed. i knew this was going to be hard. we are on a path and process where i will anticipate that guantanamo abou will be closedt year. >> a nigerian tries and fails to blow up a flight headed to the u.s. >> this incident demonstrates that an alert and courageous citizenry are far more resilient than an isolated extremist. >> new details about umar farouk abdulmutallab.
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a nigerian p bankers says that his son may have gone to yemen, a country where al-qaeda has had a growing presence over the years. >> al-qaeda in the arabian peninsula, trained him, equipped him with those explosives and directed him to attack that plane headed to america. >> perhaps the most controversial step that president obama took after the christmas day terror attack was to charge abdulmutallab as a criminal defendant. why not treat him as an enemy combatant and put him in a secret prison and use the interrogation techniques specifically approved and try to get more information out of him? >> we made a determination that he should be tried in the u.s. criminal court. >> we have been reminded of the challenge we have in protecting our country against a foe bent on destruction. let's be clear about what this moment demands. we are at war. we are at war against al-qaeda.
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>> bret: barack obama ran hard against the bush administration handling of iraq and afghanistan. up next, barack obama war president, in his own words.
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>> bret: in the 2008 democratic primaries, barack obama was the candidate who opposed the iraq war from the start. in 2009, obama became president, a war president and the target of intense criticism himself. >> i oppose this war from the beginning. i opposed the war in 2002. i opposed the war in 2003. i opposed it in 2004. and 2005. and 2006. you know, i met with the president last week. and expressed my clear and
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unequivocal opposition to the escalation of troops i iraq. i don't think 15 or 20,000 troops is going make a difference in iraq and in baghdad. >> it is time to admit that no amount of american lives can resolve the political disagreements that lies at the heart of someone else's civil war. that is why i have a plan that will bring our combat troops home by march of 2008. >> my assessment is that the surge has not worked. >> if it were up to you there wouldn't have been a surge. you and joe biden, no surge. >> hold on. if you look at the debate that was taking place. we had gone through five years of mismanagement of this war that i thought was disasterrous and the president wanted to double down and continue on an open-ended policy that did not create the kinds of pressure on the iraqis to take responsibility and --
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>> but it worked. >> well, look,. >> it worked. >> bill, what i have said, i already said it succeeded beyond our wildest dreams. >> why can't you say i was right in the beginning and i was wrong about the surge. >> because there is an underlying problem with what we have done. we have reduced the violence. >> yeah. >> but the iraqis still haven't taken responsibility. >> so let me say this as plainly as i can, my august 31st, 2010, our combat mission in iraq will end. and underthe status of forces agreement with the iraqi government i intend to remove all u.s. troops from iraq by the end of 2011. >> we have seen in the last several months a consolidation of a commitment to democratic politics inside of iraq. we are very interested both of us in making sure that iraq has an election law that is
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completed on time so that elections can take place on time in january. today, after extraordinary costs, we are bringing the iraq war to a responsible end. we are doing so as a test ament to the character of the men and women in uniform. we should have been focused in afghanistan on finishing off al-qaeda, they are the ones and killed 3,000 americans and we have been so distracted with a war of choice instead of the war of necessity that we should have fought there that al-qaeda is now stronger than at any time since 2001. >> you know, john mccain likes to say that he will follow bin laden to the gates of hell. but he won't even follow him to the cave where he lives. do you think more u.s. troops should be sent to afghanistan? how many and when? >> yes, i think we need more
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troops. i have been saying that for over a year now. and i think that we have to do it as quickly as possible because it has been acknowledged by the commanders on the ground the situation is getting worse. >> today i'm announcing a comprehensive new strategy for afghanistan. i have already ordered the deployment of 17,000 troops. later this spring we will deploy approximately 4,000 u.s. troops to train afghan security forces. >> the top u.s. commander in afghanistan general stanley mcchrystal is privately requesting a surge of 30,000 and 40,000 troops. the commander in chief says he will be "very deliberate in deciding u.s. troop levels." there is no immediate decision pending on resources because one of the things that i'm absolutely clear about is we have to get the strategy right and then make determinations about resources. certainly you don't take determinations about sending young men and women into battle
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without have ising absolute clarity about what the strategy is going to be. >> if this president doesn't listen to general mcchrystal. >> i appreciate the opportunity to dangle into hypotheticals but there is a robust process that we discussed. >> you should listen to the commanders, why doesn't he listen to the commanders then. >> i'm not going get into the hypotheticals. i appreciate that you fast forwarded through the decision-making process but we are going to focus on that process and getting it right. >> a number of republican leaders sent the president a letter complaining that the two and a half months he has spent deciding on the troops for afghanistan has emboldened our enemies and made the target. >> the strategy we have been waiting months to hear. >> there has never been an option before me that called for troop deployments before
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2010. so there has been no delay or denial of resources necessary for the conduct of the war during this review period. instead, the review has allowed me to ask the hard questions and to explore all of the different options along with my national security team, our military and civilian leadership in afghanistan and our key partners. and given the stakes involved i owed the american people and our troops no less. this review is now complete and as commander in chief i have determined that it is in our vital national interest to send an additional 30,000 u.s. troops to afghanistan. after 18 months our troops will begin to come home. >> in this century, in this city of all cities, we must reject the cold war mindset of the past and resolve to work with russia when we can to stand up for our values when we must and to seek a partnership that extends across this entire
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continent. >> russia and the former soviet satellite republic of georgia engage in hostilities over the independence minded georgia province of south acetia. >> it is important for both sides to show strength. give han has happened in georgia i think that we have to send a clear signal that poland and other countries in that regehr not going to be subject to intimidation and aggression. >> you are keeping the missile shield in poland. >> the white house is dropping parts of a controversial plan for a missile defense system in europe, the land based. it included six defense sites in poland and the czech republic. that issues tisystem in theirrp
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the united states identify and intercept missiles from iran. >> the president on the recommendation and advice from the natural security team and senior military leadership decided to change the architecture of the ballistic missile defense in europe. >> thanks george bush's policy, iran is now the greatest threat in the united states and israel and the middle east for another generation. john mccain wants to double down on that failed policy. we cannot allow iran to get a nuclear weapon. it would be a game changer in the region. so it is unacceptable and i will do everything that is required to prevent it. and we will deliver a tough, direct message to iran that if you don't change your behavior then there will be dire consequences. >> we should have a fairly good
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sense by the end of the year as to whether they are moving in the right direction and whether the parties involved are making progress and that there is a good faith effort to resolve differences. >> iranian president ahmadinejad is fighting for his political life in the presidential election tomorrow in iran. >> how closely are you watching the iran naian election? how critical is it to change? >> we are excited to see what appears to be a robust debate taking place in iran. whoever ends up winning the election in iran, the fact that there has been a robust debate hopefully will help advance our ability to engage them in new ways. >> i have said before that i have deep concerns about the
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election. and i think that the world has deep concerns about the election. it is not productive given the history of u.s. iranian relations to be seen as meddling, the u.s. president meddling in iranian elections. >> president obama today tee fended his reaction to the turmoil in iran saying he has been tough and totally consistent. >> the united states and the international community have been appalled and outraged by the threats and the beatings and imprisonments of the last few days. i strongly condemn these unjust actions and join with the american people in mourning each and every innocent life that is lost. >> some republicans on capitol hill, john mccain and lindsay grahame for example said that up to this point your response on iran has been timid and weak. today, it sounded a lot
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stronger. were you influenced at all by john mccain and lindsay gram accusing you of being continue mid and weak? >> what do you think. >> the united states and the eye knitted kingdom and france presented detailed evidence to the iaea demonstrateing that the islamic republic of iran has been building a co-uranium in richment facility. this site deepens a growing concern that iran is refusing to live up to those international responsibilities, including specifically revealing all nuclear activities. >> today, iran state one media saying the country plans to build ten new facilities to enrich uranium. >> president obama said last year that you would have a good sense by the end of the year whether iran is interested in pursuing dialogue.
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there are no signs that i'm aware of that they are interested in carrying out the discussion on low enriched uranium. our efforts to engage iran directly have not been encouraging. we avoid using the term deadline ourselves. that is not a term that we have used because we want to keep the door to dialogue open. >> bret: when we return, selling americans and the world on a costly global warming plan. rc
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>> bret: candidate obama spoke often of transforming america. but when it came to the environment, he set his sights even higher. saving the planet. the president once again in his own words. >> we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when the rise of the ocean began to slow and our planet began to heal. >> if somebody wants to build a coal powered plant, they can, it is just that it will bankrupt them because they will be charged a huge sum for all the greenhouse gas that is being emit. >> we need to ultimately make clean renewable energy the profitable kind of energy. so i ask this congress to send me legislation that places a market based cap on carbon pollution and drives the production of more renewable energy in america. >> bret: the house is preparing
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to vote on an energy and climate bill that calls for major changes in the way most of us live and consume energy. >> today, the house of representatives took historic action, it is a bold and necessary step that holds the promise of creating new industries and millions of new jobs. decreasing our dangerous dependence on foreign oil and strictly limiting the reloose of pollutants that threaten the health of families and communities and the planet itself. now, it is up to the senate to take the next step. >> the danger posed by climate change cannot be denied. our responsibility to meet it must not be deferred. if we continue down our current course, development will be devastated by drought and famine. land that human beings have lived on for millenniums will disappear and that is why the days when america dragged its feet on this issue are over. >> there will be those who make
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cynical claims that contradict the overwhelming scientific evidence when it comes to climate change. claims whose only purpose is to defeat or delay the change that we know it necessary. we are going to have to work on those folks. >> a senior advisor to president obama briefing reporters tuesday issued a warning to congress, if you don't pass this legislation then the environmental protection agency or epa is going to have to regulate in this area. >> as the world's largest economy and as the world's second largest emitter america bears our responsibility to address climate change. and we intend to meet that responsibility. >> the president has already left the talks here heading back to washington to avoid that massive possibly historic one day snowstorm in washington, d.c. back to you.
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>> bret: when we come back, obama's biggest promise. healthcare.
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>> bret: universal healthcare has been a democrat goal for decades. candidate obama promised to get there by working with republicans, to reform our current system and make the process transparent for all americans to see. what happened when took office and what happened just this week in massachusetts may define his presidency. >> let's be the generation that says right here right now we will have universal healthcare in america by the end of the next president's first term. >> i will be a president who finally makes healthcare affordable and available to every single american the same
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way i expanded healthcare in illinois. by bringing democrats and republicans together to get the job done. >> senator clinton has a different approach. she believes that we have to force people who don't have healthcare insurance to buy it and they may charge people who already don't have healthcare fines or have to take it out of their pay checks and that i don't think is helping those without health insurance. that is a genuine difference. >> we will have the negotiations televised on c opinion span that people can see who is making arguments on behalf of constituents and who are making arguments on behalf of the drug companies or the insurance companies. >> for the first time in american history, john mccain wants to tax your healthcare benefits. >> the 44th president of these united states, barack obama. >> we will raise healthcare's quality and low are its costs. >> the president saw the support for his plan. he was at the american medical
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association. a key issue for the ama is the so-called public option. >> let me also address a illegitimate concern being put forward by those who are claiming that a public option is somehow a trojan horse for a single payor system. >> here is a public option that is mott profit driven that can keep down administrative costs and that provides you good quality care for a reasonable price as one of the options for you to choose i think that makes sense. >> won't that drive private insurance out of business? >> why would it drive private insurance out of business? if they tell us that they are offering a good deal then why is it that the government which they say can't run anything suddenly is going to drive them out of business? that is not logical. >> experts say that in addition to the benefits that you are pushing there is going to have to be some sacrifice in order for there to be true cost cutting measures such as americans giving up tax defer
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rales, choice, end of life care. >> they will have to give up paying for things that don't make them healthier. and i -- speaking as an american, i think that is the kind of change you want. >> the so-called death panels, they called it pulling the plug on grandma, there is absolutely nothing in the legislation to directly indicate that is what would happen but some people like the former alaska governor sarah palin have argued these sessions could make the elderly feel pressured to accept minimal care and the debate has been exploding. >> i have been told there is a clause in there that everyone that is medicare age will be visited and told to decide how they wish to die. this bothers me greatly and i would like for you to promise me that this is not in this bill. >> nobody is going to be forcing you to make a set of decisions on end of life care
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based on some bureaucratic law in washington. >> mr. president, i make a living selling individual health insurance. why is it that you have changed your strategy from talking about healthcare reform to health insurance reform and decided to villify the insurance companies? >> that is a fair question. my intent is not to villify insurance companies. if i was villifying them, it is what we would be doing would be to say that private insurance has no place in the healthcare market and some people believe that. i don't believe that. in is historic vote that took place this morning, members of the senate joined their colleagues in the house of representatives to pass a landmark health insurance reform package. if this legislation becomes law workers won't have to worry about losing coverage if they lose or change jobs. families will save on their premiums. businesses that would see their costs rise if we do not act
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will save money now and they will save money in the future. >> the final negotiations seem to be basically president, democratic leaders, labor unions in private rooms here at the white house negotiating. how does that square with the president's promise to put the negotiations in public. >> we discussed this. >> but now we are seeing it play out. the labor unions saying we want this and there is no other stakeholders at the table. >> i would refer you to the transcript a couple weeks ago. >> we can do better. >> well, it happened. the unthinkable, scott brown a republican elected to represent massachusetts in the u.s. senate. >> people do not want the trillion dollars healthcare plan that is being forced on o the american people. and this bill is not being debated openly and fairly. it will raise taxes. it will raise taxes and it will hurt medicare. it will destroy jobs and run our nation deeper into debt.
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>> i understand that after the massachusetts election people in washington were all in a tizzie trying to figure out what this means for health reform, republicans and democrats. what does it mean for obama? is he weakened, is he -- how is he going to survive this? that is what they do. but i want you -- i want you to understand this is not about me. this is not about me. this is about you. >> bret: barack obama is not the first president to say one thing on the campaign trail and another once in office. nor is he the first to be criticized for assuming perhaps that the voters gave him a far more sweeping mandate for change than they actually did. but those voters also have a way to speak out and say enough.
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so is that the message president obama heard from massachusetts this week? and from new jersey and virginia last november? if so, how will the president respond? on wednesday, president obama delivers another big speech, his first state of the union address. america will be listening. we will have full coverage, fair and balanced on fox news channel and fox news.com. i'm bret baier.
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